I love Christmas time- I have a desire to bake, cook, clean, decorate, and wrap gifts tied up with lots of ribbon that sparkles that I am just unable to suppress. I do get some help from the kids, but mostly its just me and I love it. Tony enjoys my creations, especially those emerging from the kitchen, but is also content to sit and watch. Many wives gripe about their husbands not being involved but I don’t see it that way. He loves what I do but its not his thing to decorate- plus, if he got involved and started having opinions then I would not get to do it my way uncontested. I like doing things my way. Therefore, we have a nice balance, I drape greenery and lights on everything that will stand still and then when the sun sets and our home is shimmers, we sit on the couch and he tells me, “It’s beautiful, baby.” That makes my heart happy and we avoid silly fights.
So, as Thanksgiving came and went the bins of decorations came out. I have collected many items over the years that I love. I usually pick a few things up each year after Christmas has passed. But the things I love most are vintage junk. The junk ( more on the great junk in another post) plus Christmas photographs of my children when they were little make up the most treasured of our Christmas decor. For a few weeks, I am once again surrounded by their little cherub faces and toothless smiles. These framed photos are stored in the bins with the other lights and ornaments. As the bins are emptied of the Christmas contents, I pack away all of my usual decor into the empty bins- giving me a clean slate on which to create.
Decorating for Christmas can get expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Simple white lights mixed with fresh greenery is beautiful and elegant. Add in some cheap dollar store bead garland and you have a classy display. The greenery can be obtained by a county drive with a pair of lopping shears.
The only artificial tree that I have in my house, this white tree with white lights holds all my Coca Cola ornaments that I have been collecting for over a decade now. The Coca Cola Christmas village was given to me by my awesome mother-in-law.
This china hutch has a mixture of tool, white lights and glittered Pine Cones– the pine cones are a really fun project to do with the kids. We made our pine cones about 5 years ago. Each year I store them in large zip lock bags and they have lasted really well.
This in an antique window that I painted an ornament on. The ornament is patterned after my favorite Merry Brite ornaments that hung on my parents tree for years. I love those old ornaments. As you can see, I need to fix the white stripes. I stored this window in the storage room in our barn, this summer the cow got inside and licked off a lot of the paint. I repainted the dots, but wouldn’t you know it I am out of white paint.
Since, before I was born ( I am 41) this Santa covered my great-grandmother’s front door. After she died, my grandmother moved into her house, so I have spent every Christmas Eve in that home and so have my children. One day, I was over at Grandmother’s house and she was going to throw out this Santa. I said, “I will take that, thank you very much.” Now, it has hung in my home for over a decade. My children do not remember a year when that wasn’t apart of our house.
I love making memories. I look at is as my privilege to be the keeper of those memories as well as the creator of memories for my family. My Christmas decor is filled with memories of the people I have loved, many of them are no longer with me. In this way, they live on. In years to come, I hope nieces and nephews, grand children and children will pull something out of a box or smell are familiar aroma from the kitchen and remember me fondly.